…you put your CX bike away??

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got to enjoy the front row for a minute….and GO!

 

So this Sunday was the official season opener for the Northeast Cyclocross Series (NEOCX) and it did not disappoint. I was lucky enough to have a front row start which was cool but only added to the pressure of the first race of the season here in Ohio. It was a tough battle to the first corner which was far enough away when warming up but seemed twice as long when flying along with some of the best in the area. I managed to get in there solidly with the group but it quickly became apparent that I was not going to be engaging in the battle at the front so I let a few guys go by on the good line so that they could race their race. I felt pretty solid (relative) thru about 40 minutes into the 60 minute race but found myself doing what I could after overcooking a couple of corners and battling with course tape that decided it would be better wrapped up in my cassette and brake than marking the course. I trudged on to finish not exactly where I was hoping but finished none the less and felt great for not pulling the plug.

 

dirt hills

taking a turn on the back side of the course.

 

Outside of the new feeling of starting from the front row of the Pro/1/2/3 race was having the family along for the ride. Now for some CX just means family day which is excellent. For me over the years racing CX has come with various forms of debauchery in one way or another so it was odd to have the family there keeping me honest. At the end of the day I couldn’t believe that I haven’t officially invited them to any prior events because it was awesome having them there. Hearing my 5 year old son cheer me on yelling stuff like, “You can do it Dad, I know you can” and my 8 year old daughter’s gentle whispering yell of, “Dad you’re the best bike racer i know” made it all worth while. The best was watching the kids setup to race me to the corner “like they do on the tv bike races” was a hoot…well up to the point where my son lost track of where he was and nearly ran through the tape into my bike while I railed a corner in front of them. Luckily my wife warned (startled him to death so that he stopped) him in time and he has the ability to turn on a dime. Can’t wait to have them come to another event!

 

turning

ready for another run down the long straight away

 

And for one more new thing this year…well two but they go hand in hand. This year due to some scheduling conflicts I’m not able to make it to as many single speed races as I would normally like so I’ve been riding gears. Gears have been good especially aboard my Raleigh RXC disc. Reliable Hayes disc brakes, Prologo saddle, American Classic TCX wheels, and Clement tires aboard a smooth riding carbon frame been great though to be honest I do miss my single speed from time to time. It will get to see dirt soon enough though as my schedule allows at least one sscx race before Cincy and SSCXWC.

mike and the logo

mike adams and a well placed Raleigh logo coming up the stairs

 

The other “new” is that I’m riding for a new team, WAS LABS Cycling. These folks are excellent to say the least and Northeast Ohio is lucky to have them. Not only is the team inviting and doing extremely well in multiple disciplines of cycling but their dedication to youth cycling is inspiring. Looking back at various photos and seeing the kids having a blast gives hope for the future of the sport. Happy to be apart of such a great team.

jr racer with raleigh rx1w

getting ready to remount after the stair run up

 

was lab juniors helping

getting a helping hand..or..yanking him back?

kids start

…getting ready for the start…

hole shot

the sweet feeling of getting the hole shot!

 

previewing the course

part of the Adam’s family previewing the course aboard some sweet machines

 

Well that’s all for now. Thanks for reading!

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